Have You Had Any Aha Moments About Yourself Lately?

Impact Thought – Take a moment and acknowledge to yourself that you are a smart and beautiful person!

When I read our ‘Impact Thought’ for this month, my heart felt so warm, I smiled.  I felt a need to put my shoulders back and sit taller in my chair.  I took a deep breath and said out loud:

“You is kind.  You is smart.  You is important.” – Kathryn Stockett, The Help.

Haven’t you found that many times, the simplest of statements have the profoundest of meanings?  And, at that point, the correctness of King George English doesn’t matter at all.   All that matters is how your soul sings and shouts, “I understand this; I get it, I get it, and I love it.”

From the very first moment I heard these words spoken in the movie The Help, they have been playing over and over in my head and heart.  “You is kind.  You is smart.  You is important.”  These are the type of words, put together like this, that makes me tear-up, for they stir up emotions and memories, I sometimes don’t want to feel or remember.

Am I the only one that has this type of experience when reading?  I really would like to hear if you have this type of aha experience some times.

When I sit down to write my thoughts each month, I am amazed at what shows up on the page.  I have to admit, many times I write a lot of topics in my head, before putting it to paper.  I am thinking out loud right here, because what I am about to write below I had no idea of until a few moments ago that this is where my thoughts would take me.

You is kind.

What does that mean to you?  I ask that question, because just like other things in life, what it means to you could or could not mean the same thing to me.  And, that’s a good thing.  I feel that is how we grow and learn.  It is how we get to see there is more than one way to get to a specific destination.

I remind us here though, that we have to be open to hearing, listening, feeling, and thinking about what is being said.  In other words, listen and observe more as we travel through this life.  And, when it is important, I think it is critical to shift our thinking and action to match what we have learned.

Kindness to me starts with not intentionally hurting anyone.

And, if it does happen, make amends as soon as you can

Acknowledge people when you come into a setting where they are.  That can be done by smiling, nodding, waving, or actually uttering actual words with your voice.  Imagine that!

Refusing to leave for work before knocking on your neighbor’s door to let “me” know I had left my keys in the door all night.  When I shared this kind deed with a friend, she told me that leaving your keys in the door, if someone comes up behind you and forces you in your house is the universal sign for letting others know something is wrong.  Have you ever heard that before?  I hadn’t.

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Shirley T. Burkehttp://www.esteeminstitute.com/Home_Page.html
SHIRLEY T. Burke founded the Esteem Institute as a platform to offer transformational programs, classes and workshops to individuals and organizations who welcome personal and professional growth. In 2011, she was one of ten people to be named as an inaugural winner of the Boomer Magazine “It List.” She is a member of the National Speaker’s Association, President-Elect of National Speaker’s Association-VA Chapter and the ABWA -The River City Express Network and past-president of the Network of Enterprising Women.
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